Some notable Nigerian youth groups have claimed responsibility for the Shina Peller for President posters that are being sighted at strategic locations and major towns across the six geo-political zones in the country.
This information was made known to the public in a statement released by the Convener of Northern Youths Assembly of Nigeria, Rt. Hon Ukkasha Hamza Rahama, who also doubles as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Forum.
According to him, some of the groups asking the lawmaker to join the 2023 presidential race are the Nigerian Youth League, Nigerian Youths in Politics, Coalition of Concerned Youth Organisations in the North Central geo-political zone, Nigeria Youth Alternative Council (NYAC), Northern Youths Assembly of Nigeria and numerous others.
Explaining the rationale behind the choice of Honourable Peller as their preferred candidate, Rt. Hon Ukkasha Hamza Rahama noted that the lawmaker represents the change that the youth seek, arguing that he is the most vibrant young politician who is always speaking on the side of the youth.
Also, he explained that Honourable Peller is so passionate about youth development that he has, through the Lead Generation Initiative (LGI), trained thousands of young Nigerians across the country on leadership, governance, strategic communications, active citizenship, political mobilisation, and organising.
Speaking further on behalf of the youth groups, Rt. Hon Ukkasha Hamza Rahama admitted that they are the brain behind the Shina Peller for President posters that are being sighted at strategic locations in the county and that they will not relent until Shina Peller finally agrees to their demand of declaring to run for president.
In a related development, Moses Adeyefa, the Convener of the Coalition of Concerned Youth Organisations in the North Central geo-political zone, lamented that the decay in the country’s political and economic system has continuously subjected Nigerian youths to hardship, adding that they will no longer allow those who do not have a stake in the future of Nigeria to continue to determine their future.
He also argued that Nigeria deserves a young, energetic, innovative, destabilised, and dynamic leader who is successful in both Public and Private life to lead Nigeria. “The era of voting for old and sick politicians is over, especially with the current economic reality,” he said while he called on Honourable Peller to answer their clarion call to lead the country.
Moreover, the National President of the Nigerian Youth League, Mustapha Hadi, argued that only the youth can bring the desired change that the country has been yearning for, noting that the federal lawmaker has everything it takes to lead the country.
He said, “For the first time in the history of Nigeria’s democracy, all youth stakeholders are rallying behind a single candidate who emerged through a rigorous voting process out of 20 candidates that were initially nominated to lead the movement; the candidates were scored based on some factors.”
Comrade Mustapha Hadi listed the factors to include the network of the person, his competence, track record in his area of endeavour, appeal across the country, and popularity, which he said are all attributes that Shina Peller possesses.
In the same vein, the group acknowledged the vital roles of the traditional institution in good governance, nation-building, and added that Honourable Peller, being the Ayedero of Yorubaland (Promoter of Peace), represents the traditional institution and that this will count effectively if elected as President, stressing that what Nigeria needs most now is peace for the county to progress.
Furthermore, the group argued that “Honourable Peller, being the most influential politician in the entertainment industry, represents the interest of the industry which plays an important role in diversifying the economy, giving an opportunity to young Nigerians to showcase their creativity”.
“The entertainment Industry also has the capacity to decide who emerge the country’s leaders,” said Mustapha Hadi.
In addition, they also argued that “since no Muslim from the South West has been President of the country before, it is only fair that Honourable Peller, a Southern practising Muslim Youth, should be given the chance to take the lead”.